Hello, Dad?

She was unsure what to do.  She sat at the kitchen table, in front of her was $38.25; all she had to her name.  Her bills had piled up and the landlord told her if her arrears rent wasn’t taken care of, she was out.  Payday was still days away and her refrigerator was almost empty.

She did have a bus pass for the rest of the month so she could still make it to work.  She had no choice; she had to call him and ask for help.  She dialed the familiar number and waited for him to answer.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – arrears

The Man Next Door

You’re the true north of my compass

My northern star in the sky

When I’m with you I am at peace

Home is by your side

I share these words with you

Every single night

One day I hope you’ll hear them

For you are my guiding light


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – compass

A to Z Challenge – Zest

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Z is for Zest

No, I am not going to tell you about soap.  It is something I try really hard to hang onto on bad days like today has been… a zest for life.  I have hurt and felt worthless and a burden most of the day.  But I have tried to take care of myself and do what is best for me.  Every bad day can be balanced out with good ones.  You just have to remember you will make it through the bad to the good.

I also learned a little something when I battled cancer and there is no way you can face a disease like that and not crave life affirmations.  So good days or bad there is always something worse that could be happening so hold onto the good you can find and LIVE life.  Even if you have to take part of a day off to do a little self care… climb back on the horse and do something fun, new or unexpected.

I have enjoyed this A to Z Challenge, I hope you have too and learned a little about me.  Now for one last time… follow my A to Z challenge:


Teddy’s Wagon

Teddy was four years old.  Teddy loved his mom.  Teddy loved his dad.  Teddy even loved his baby sister, even if sometimes she cried a lot.

The thing that Teddy love most was he wagon.  His wagon was red and black with his name written in white, T-E-D-D-Y.

He would bring things to his mom with his wagon, especially when she needed help fixing dinner.  He would bring things to his dad too, but he was gone all day at work.  He wanted to take his sister for a ride, but mom and dad said no.

One day he was in the backyard with his wagon.  He had his trucks in the wagon and was headed for his sandbox when he saw a little bunny.  Hop, hop, hop the bunny went away.  There was a bird in the tree singing then flap, flap, flap he flew away.  The neighbors had a little dog who went bark, bark, bark and then he went inside his dog house.

Teddy was puzzled why everyone went away.  He started back towards his sandbox and his wheels went squeak, squeak, squeak.  Teddy did not like that sound.

“That’s it.”  Teddy was suddenly sure he knew why everyone left.  It was his squeaky wagon.  He looked where the bunny had hopped away and said, “Don’t worry bunny, I will make the sound stop.  Please come back and play.”

Teddy’s mom stood at the back door and asked, “Who are you talking to Teddy?”

“Mom, the animals all ran away because my wagon sounds funny today. Just listen.”  Teddy pulled the wagon a short distance and it went squeak, squeak, squeak.

“Teddy you wagon has a squeaky wheel.  Your dad will help you fix it, he should be home soon.”

As soon as Teddy’s dad got out of his car Teddy was right there to ask, “Will you fix my squeaky wheel Dad?”

Teddy’s dad went over to his wagon and pulled it.  Squeak, squeak, squeak it went.  He went into the garage and came out with a can.  Teddy watched as he put oil on all four (he knew there was four because that’s how old he was) wheels of the wagon, squirt, squirt, squirt, squirt.

“Ok Teddy, it is all fixed.”

“Oh, thank you Dad.  Now the animals can all come back to play.”

Teddy’s dad patted him on his head and said, “You love to play with the animals around, don’t you?”

“Yes, but I love my wagon even more!”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – wagon